MINERAL WELLS - More than 800 people turned out Saturday for the annual craft show sponsored by Chesterfield United Methodist Church Ladies Aid Society at Mineral Wells Elementary School.
Judy Knopp, coordinator of the show, said the event appeared to be on its way to beating last year's attendance on Saturday afternoon.
"We've done this for 10 years," she said. "Last year we had about 800 come. The girls at the ticket table said we were way ahead of that at 1:30 p.m. (Saturday)."
Photo by Jeffrey Saulton
Mary Williams, of Mary’s Marionettes of Vienna, shows how her creations work.
Knopp said the money raised goes to a number of organizations.
"The funds from this go to organizations like Old Man Rivers, House to Home, our local volunteer fire department and St. Jude's Hospital," she said. "We also help people in our community throughout the year that have hard times."
Knopp said the show had 135 exhibitors and vendors, a record number. The food sold at the show was donated by a number of local restaurants and grocery stores. She added many baked good were donated by church members and from the community.
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A record crowd turned out Saturday for the Chesterfield United Methodist Church Ladies Aid Society craft show at Mineral Wells Elementary School.
Judy Knopp, coordinator of the show, said the group has sponsored the show for 10 years and had a record 135 exhibitors and vendors.
Money raised goes to a number of organizations such as Old Man Rivers, House to Home, local volunteer fire departments and St. Jude's Hospital as well people in the community that have hard times.
Lori McIntyre, of McIntyre's Country Crafts, said her booth was having a good day.
"We have done more business here than at other shows,' she said.
James Oldaker, of Parkersburg, said he was at the show for the first time with what he called Smelly Jelly or candles without flames.
"This is our first year here and for me it has been very profitable," he said.
Mary Williams, of Mary's Marionettes of Vienna, was making her first appearance at the show after an absence in the gymnasium area. She said business was off a little, but not much, compared to the past.
"When I came here I had 10 animals for my marionettes but now I have 57, it's like a little barn yard," she said.
Williams said in the gymnasium people take time to browse at what she offers. It also provides a good showcase for her marionettes.
"Here the children can better see how they work," she said
Melissa Wigal, of Vienna, and Judy Myers, of Charleston, were selling their crafts. Wigal had praise for the show.
"It has been a very good show for us,' she said. "We've been to many and this one has been great."